Any such thing as a blue rose?

Eyota, MN(Zone 4a)

I don't know much about roses at all, but would like to start growing them. Is there such a things as a true blue rose? Doesn anyone have a cutting or seeds they would like to share with a beginner? Also, if there is such a thing as a blue rose - what is the real name of it?

Thanks for you help!

Scotia, CA(Zone 9b)

There is no such thing as a blue rose. The gene for blue is missing in the rose family. Genetic research is being done however and researchers have been trying for years to create a blue rose. There are roses available such as "Blue Girl" that have a bluish cast to them they look lavender in color.
I have no cuttings right now but should be able to post some in a few months when I begin pruning.
Happy Gardening!

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Here is a picture of my first "Blue Girl" rose. It's pink/lavender with a bluish cast, but I'm not thrilled with the petal configuration. Also this rose is a very tall species. It's at about 7 ft right now. Is it ok to cut it back or should I wait?

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Winchester, VA(Zone 6a)

discodancer4, here are some "blue" roses ... as close as they get. Same for "black" ones, no real black but super dark purples.

Blues: Blue girl, Blue River, Blue Fairy, Blue Dawn, Blue for You.... etc. Here's a great search link -

Columbus, OH(Zone 5b)

You can cut it back now, it's not going to harm it. It will slow down the rebloom if you choose to cut back now.
I often sort of prune and deadhead at the same time to keep some of my big roses under control.

Alamogordo, NM(Zone 7b)

I do the same thing as Dovey. I am 5'3" and some of my roses will often get 8 ft. if I don't keep them cut back. I cut those way down in the winter but they sure shoot up regardless!

Portage, MI(Zone 5b)

Take a look at
Rhapsody In Blue
Royal Amethyst
Wild Blue Yonder

West Caldwell, NJ(Zone 6b)

Soon we may have a genetically engineered one. I don't think the current version looks any bluer than the one above though:

Northern California, United States(Zone 9a)

If you believe eBay, there is a 'blue' rose! Can you say "Photoshop"?!!

Winchester, VA(Zone 6a)

tod, I've seen that rose. doesn't look actually blue to me.

Chillicothe, OH

Photoshop, yes. A good practice when looking at pictures in catalogs etc., is compare the background and foliage. You can usually tell when someone's been monkeying around with the picture in order to highlight the 'blue' in the rose's color.

If you're new to roses you need to get a little pamphlet or book (perhaps from the library or perhaps the racks at Lowes or similar) because roses are a bit different from most plants. Being a good general gardener doesn't necessarily equip you to do justice to roses.

Not that they're impossible or difficult, but because there are little but important differences you need to learn about.


Cocoa, FL(Zone 9a)

There are blue roses but their is no such thing as a TRUE blue rose in nature as the color blue is non-existent in the rose bush/tree family. At least that is what has been said in every article of research I've been able to find on the truth about "blue" roses. You would think that since purple is a viable color in roses that blue would be too but for some reason that is the 1 color roses cannot be found. All the roses that you see in photos that are "blue" are either Photoshopped exaggerations or are cut roses that were put in a vase of water containing blue food dye.

I'll search around and see if I can find the scientific article that I read about roses and why there are not any true blue roses only roses being called blue when they are really a purple, lilac or lavender. In the mean time I hope this helps :)

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